It all started on Wednesday when one of our playschool children vomited right before rest time...with a nasty stomach bug going around nearly every family in our area, I wasn't surprised.
The other children were so interested in their play, they had no idea it had even happened. Yes, I came through with towels, disinfectant, and everything...and still, no one batted an eyelash.
The next morning at 3:00 AM, W began what would be a 2 hour stretch of vomiting and misery. He finally fell back to sleep around 6:00 as I ran downstairs to send out a text message proclaiming playschool officially and most definitely cancelled for the day. He woke a bit later in surprisingly good spirits.
Jay and I were ridiculously tired and we both started to feel queasy....
Yes, it had hit us, too.
Luckily, W was still sleeping by 8:00 when I rolled out of bed again to check my messages. I turned on the local news and dropped to the couch, wondering how in the world I was going to get through the next 24 hours. The news ended and Sesame Street followed. Somewhat intrigued, I started watching, for the first time in nearly 25 years.
Did you watch Sesame Street as a child? What do you remember?
I recall Oscar the Grouch, Bert and Ernie and a few catchy counting songs....and a sort-of scary skit with Count Von Count. Before Elmo, it was THE Street. A regular city street with trash around the cans, ordinary looking people and a few muppets singing songs.
I got about 5 minutes into the show before I just had to turn it off.
This video was the clincher for me:
Oh man. God help me if I ever have to watch this again. I'm not trying to be dramatic, but did this leave anyone else here with a bit of a headache?
There is so much going on in this short video. Before you can even grasp what has just popped up on the screen (like a jack-o-lantern, a beach scene, etc.) it's gone and already something else. Things really start to go ballistic around 0:45 and I feel motion sickness kicking in. How is this healthy for a particularly young viewer trying to take the world in and make sense of it?
I'm also kind of bothered by the singing....I'm not sure what the voice effect is, but it sounds more like a computer or synthesizer than a voice.
Elmo's speech is broken and overly child-like....maybe "cute" by someone's standards, but not worthy of imitation in any way.
What irks me most is the infiltration of marketing involved with the character. (a great site to learn more about the marketing tactics used by manufacturers and other information here) I am glad that we will be bypassing all of the toys, games, clothing, snackfoods, etc. by choosing to be media-free for as long as possible. The hype surrounding the toys is outrageous!
I "get" that Elmo is one of today's most beloved characters....I guess I just don't understand why.
Is it because he is so wide eyed and innocent?
Because he giggles a lot?
Because he seems like...a kid?
I don't know enough about the show to answer any of these questions.
I don't think I'll be interested in finding out, either.
My mom doesn't think there's anything wrong with Sesame Street---but I think she's recalling the show 25 years ago.
Does anyone else remember this??
I think it's pretty clever; the use of the everyday objects, the simplicity, the "facial expressions"..
Do you think this hold hold the attention of children today?
If not, what has changed?
Interested to hear your thoughts...